2016-11-24 / Columns

Les Cheneaux

By Robert W. Smith

We were fortunate to enjoy the big super moon Monday, November 14. What a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime event for many of us to be able to enjoy. It came up from the east over Cedarville Bay. I saw it best from the boat launch ramp on Meridian Street, along with some others. It was similar to a really big round harvest moon that we may see this time of year, only bigger. It was too cloudy to see it on the following nights.

I was able to enjoy a visit with Phyllis “FoFo” Wisner, a friend of mine who moved to St. Ignace years ago. She is such a kind and thoughtful person. She enjoyed taking care of young children, as she did with my grandchildren. They still recall how much fun she was and how they enjoyed going to FoFo’s. It sure was good to visit with Phyllis.

We appreciate the ladies at First Union Church in Cedarville for the wonderful dinner they prepared for the funeral luncheon for Vernetta Hansen Sunday, November 13. We also appreciate Pastor Jeff Meyers for all of his assistance. Mrs. Hansen passed away Friday, October 28, at Cedar Ridge Assisted Living in St. Ignace. An obituary was published in the November 10 issue of The St. Ignace News.


At left: The residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living enjoying the music of the Pickford Pickers Saturday, November 12. (Photographs courtesy Alice Newton) At left: The residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living enjoying the music of the Pickford Pickers Saturday, November 12. (Photographs courtesy Alice Newton) Grace Forgrave, a great friend of so many in Les Cheneaux, enjoyed a visit from Faye Hansen. Faye was home to attend the funeral of her mother, Vernetta Hansen. Grace lives in Rudyard, and is active in the Rudyard Bible Church. She has many friends in the Rudyard area. Grace served in the mission field in Peru for many years. She also taught school in Cedarville prior to that, and was active at First Union Church, which supported her through the Grace Forgrave Society. We are always excited to visit with her when she is in Cedarville.


The Pickford Pickers entertaining the residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living Saturday, November 12. The Pickford Pickers entertaining the residents of Cedar Cove Assisted Living Saturday, November 12. The soup and salad luncheon at First Union Church Thursday, November 17, was well attended and very entertaining. We appreciate everyone who prepared and served the delicious food. It’s a time of fellowship and visiting for people who don’t often get to see each other.

The ladies Advent Tea at First Union Church will be Saturday, December 3, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June Davis is in charge of this festive and fun event. For more information, call June at (906) 484-2103.

The Les Cheneaux Historical Museum’s annual Christmas open house and Christmas tree auction is Friday, November 25, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, November 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, December 2, and Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the door prize and auction con- cludes Sunday, December 4, from noon to 4 p.m. Santa will arrive Friday, November 25, at 6:30 p.m. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Les Cheneaux Historical Society. The museum is beautifully decorated. Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy seeing the beautiful decorations. It will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit. Not often does an organization decorate to the extent the historical society does, and it is so professional. The Les Cheneaux Historical Museum is located at 105 South Meridian Street in Cedarville. The event is free and open to the public.

The Les Cheneaux Preschool will host a Christmas Bazaar Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Les Cheneaux Community Schools in Cedarville. There will be local artisans, a raffle, wreaths, homemade cookies, and concessions.

Hessel School House will host bingo every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. beginning December 1 and continuing to May 25. Come with your friends and relatives for a night of fun.

The Pickford Pickers musical group was in great form when they played at Cedar Cove Assisted Living Saturday, November 12. Nearly 50 people were in attendance. Most members of the group are from Pickford, but several are from neighboring towns. They played guitars, fiddles, violins, drums, and many other instruments. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to them returning soon.

Thanksgiving is here. It’s a time of celebration. I wish each of you a loving and humble Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

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